Paul Rudd is reportedly in negotiations to star as  Ant-Man/Henry Hank Pym in Marvels next film.

Paul Rudd is reportedly in negotiations to star as Ant-Man/Henry Hank Pym in Marvels next film. Photo: Getty Images

The face of Marvel's latest film franchise is almost decided, with sources saying the studio is ready to announce Paul Rudd as the star of Ant-Man.

Ant-Man follows the story of biophysicist Henry Pym, who discovers a size-altering substance known as 'Pym Particles', which he uses to shrink himself down to help solve mysteries and fight crime.

Ant-Man is expected to be released in 2015 and will be the 12th film to join Marvel's cinematic universe. Between now and then, Marvel will release Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It may be considered a strange appointment as Rudd is usually associated with comedic roles, such as field reporter Brian Fantana in the Anchorman movies, Peter Klaven in the bromance flick I Love You, Man, and as the cup-cake eating husband Pete in This Is 40.

Then again, many questioned the decision to cast Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man, which has clearly worked out nicely for Marvel.

Rudd has been all over Hollywood since his 1995 part in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and joins other big names such as Johnny Depp (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Kevin Bacon (Friday the 13th) as stars who got their film debuts in horror.

The 44-year-old was being considered for the role of Ant-Man, along with Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film will be directed by Edgar Wright, who directed the cult hits Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, the eight Marvel films released so far have grossed nearly $US6 billion ($6.78 billion) combined. Kevin Feige, who has served as a producer on each production, will also be involved with Ant-Man.

The news of Rudd's apparent casting has been met with a largely positive response across social media:

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the release of Thor: The Dark World in late October/early November, the next scheduled Marvel release is the second Captain America film in April of 2014.